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GEF Council Approves US$259.84 Million Work Program [viewed]

45th-meeting-of-the-GEF-Council7 November 2013: The 45th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council considered, inter alia: the progress report on the pilot accreditation of GEF Project Agencies; the mid-term evaluation of the System for Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR); the mid-term evaluation of the National Portfolio Formulation Exercise (NPFE); an update on the GEF-6 replenishment; a review of GEF Agencies on their application of environmental and social safeguards and gender mainstreaming; and an update on the development of the GEF 2020 strategy. The GEF Council also approved a Work Program amounting to US$259.84 million.

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Enforcement Officers Discuss Rhinoceros DNA Sampling [viewed]

ICCWC6 November 2013: The first international rhinoceros DNA sampling training workshop to enhance the world's enforcement capacity to address rhinoceros poaching was hosted by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the University of Pretoria's Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL), in collaboration with the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC). 

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FAO, GEF Project Approved to Enhance Tuna Management and Marine Conservation [viewed]

fao-gef5 November 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a project led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) that aims to improve the management of tuna fisheries and conserve marine biodiversity and ecosystems by reducing illegal catch. 

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UNEP-China Project Hosts Workshop on Mainstream Ecosystem-based Adaptation [viewed]

UNEP31 October 2013: A Regional Network Coordination Workshop that focused on linking networks and mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) was hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-China project on 'Enhancing capacity, knowledge and technology support to build climate resilience of vulnerable developing countries.'

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CSO Consultation Discusses GEF2020 Strategy Ahead of Council Meeting [viewed]

Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson4 November 2013: The GEF Council Consultation Meeting with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) convened on 4 November 2013, the day before the 45th meeting of the GEF Council opened in Washington, DC, US. During an opening dialogue, Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii discussed the GEF 2020 strategy and emphasized that it is important to have a long-term strategy encompassing an environmental degradation driver-focused approach. She also welcomed Conservation International and WWF-US as two new GEF Project Agencies.

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CITES Rhino Task Force Discusses Strategies to Address Illegal Trade [viewed]

ICCWC31 October 2013: A meeting hosted by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Rhinoceros Enforcement Task Force and partners in the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) discussed ways to stop the illegal trade in rhinoceros horn, with a focus on the crime-trade chain.

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FAO, EBRD Launch Sustainable Forestry Investment Roadmap for the Russian Federation [viewed]

fao-ebrd23 October 2013: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have announced an Investment Roadmap for the sustainable use of forest resources in the Russian Federation.

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CMS Convenes CSAB Meeting to Discuss Science Conservation Linkages [viewed]

CMS25 October 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) has concluded a series of meetings that discussed collaboration among related conventions and addressed the linkages between science and migratory species conservation. 

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Global Snow Leopard Forum Adopts Declaration, International Day [viewed]

global-snow-leopard23 October 2013: The Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum closed with the President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, calling on the twelve range States to intensify snow leopard conservation efforts. The forum saw the adoption of a declaration as well as a day to recognize snow leopard conservation.

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Global Partnership for Oceans Releases Blue Ribbon Panel Report [viewed]

globalpartnershipforoceans16 October 2013: A panel of leaders from 16 countries, representing government, the private sector and civil society, has released recommendations for actions to improve ocean health. The Blue Ribbon Panel was convened by the World Bank to provide multi-stakeholder perspectives on achieving ecological, social and economic goals in the management of global oceans in support of the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO).

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